Electrifying photo shows 70 lightning bolts hit Greek island

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Electrifying photo shows 70 lightning bolts hit Greek islandNational News


An amazing composite photograph captures a series of 70 lightning bolts that hit the Greek island of Ikaria over the space of one hour and 20 minutes.

Photographer Chris Kotsiopoulos, from Athens, set up his camera a few kilometres away, and started snapping as the storm raged in front of him.

He believes over 100 lightning bolts struck the island, and he managed to stitch together 70 to create this electrifying pic that gives an fabulous idea of the ferocity of the storm.

According to National News he said: "It was like there was a fire in the sky.

"I set up my camera on a tripod on the island at night to get pictures of the sky and the stars when the storm rolled by off the coast.

"By stitching 70 shots together it gives a picture of the whole storm as it moved past over 83 minutes.

"In order to make the sequence, I set the camera to a tripod taking 20-second shots continuously.

"I ended up with approximately 90 lightning shots, but had to exclude around 20.

"I believe the total number of strikes was more than 100.

"I have been doing landscape photography since 2006 and this is my lightning personal record. My previous best shot combined 42 shots."

And Chris revealed that he didn't even get wet capturing the spectacular light show.

He added: "This is not so dangerous as it seems. In fact when I was taking the shots, the storm was a few kilometers away.

"It wasn't even raining where I was standing."

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